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Florida Supreme Court reinstates stay on moves by Gov. Scott to appoint judge

By John Breslin | Jul 19, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court recently reinstated a trial court decision that bars Gov. Rick Scott from appointing a judge while a lawsuit against the move plays out.

Novartis granted summary judgment on stroke victim's request for punitive damages in leukemia drug case

By Chandra Lye | Jul 18, 2018

WEST PALM BEACH – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently granted a partial summary judgment in favor of a pharmaceutical company in case involving a patient who suffered a stroke after taking the company's prescription drug.

Florida Justice Reform Institute calls on Johnson & Johnson to appeal $4.69 billion talc verdict

By Takesha Thomas | Jul 17, 2018

The Florida Justice Reform Institute says Johnson & Johnson should file an appeal after recently losing a $4.69 billion lawsuit in a St. Louis court over whether its talc powder products caused ovarian cancer.

Appeals court affirms class certification in suit over Miami-Dade Expressway Authority's toll by plate system

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 16, 2018

The Third District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida issued an opinion affirming an order granting a motion for class certification in a lawsuit against the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) and others.

Federal judge throws out Peoples Gas System lawsuit over natural gas explosion

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jul 16, 2018

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Peoples Gas System (PGS) against Posen Construction over a natural gas explosion.

U.S. Court of Appeals affirms judgment but vacates restitution in Southern Trust Metals suit

By Jim Tyrrell | Jul 15, 2018

In a commodities-fraud case concerning Southern Trust Metals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court, except in regard to certain restitution, which was vacated and remanded.

U.S. Court of Appeals affirms decision in Duke Energy Florida class-action suit

By Jim Tyrrell | Jul 14, 2018

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision in favor of Duke Energy Florida and Florida Power & Light Company in a putative class-action lawsuit.

Appeals court says Treasure Chest Poker's lawsuit should be dismissed

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 12, 2018

LAKELAND – Florida's 2nd District Court of Appeal has reversed a declaratory judgment in a case against the state's Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (DOABT) regarding the operation of free poker games in businesses regulated by the agency.

No smoke for medical marijuana users until appeal plays out

By John Breslin | Jul 12, 2018

Medical marijuana users still cannot smoke the plant after First District Court of Appeals reinstated a stay until the appeal process plays out.

Appeals court rules against energy company seeking refund in federal nuclear waste tax dispute

By John Breslin | Jul 11, 2018

MIAMI – A federal appeals court recently ruled against a nuclear power plant operator over a claim that it is entitled to a nearly $100 million tax refund for losses caused by paying fees for the disposal of radioactive waste.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's challenge to confidential designations denied in financial protection case

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jul 11, 2018

WEST PALM BEACH – A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently denied the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's challenge to confidential designations desired by the defendant, Ocwen Financial Corporation, in a case in which CFPB is suing Ocwen for alleged violations of finance law.

Appeals court remands Venezuelan case back to district court in Florida

By Karen Kidd | Jul 11, 2018

ATLANTA (Florida Record) – A case filed by the Comparelli family, who wants U.S. federal courts to decide their damages claim against Venezuela and two chemical firms over the 2010 seizure of their Venezuelan companies, is on its way back to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida after a federal appeals court recently ruled that the district court has jurisdiction after all.

Federal judge orders documents to remain under seal in DynCorp case against AAR Airlift

By Karen Kidd | Jul 11, 2018

Litigation between a Virginia-based global government services provider against the Melbourne company it alleges stole trade secrets to land a multi-billion dollar contract in 2015 has been settled, but documents in the case will remain under seal, according to a federal judge's recent order in the case.

GQ publisher settles litigation with Orlando retailer over use of commerce marks

By Karen Kidd | Jul 11, 2018

GQ magazine's publisher and the owner of Orlando haberdashery GQ Menswear have settled their litigation with an injunction that bars the retailer from using the magazine's mark and style as its logo.

Appeals court sides with Fort Lauderdale college in NLRB case

By Karen Kidd | Jul 10, 2018

ATLANTA (Florida Record) — A Fort Lauderdale college prevailed in a recent federal appeals court decision that said the college did not violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it required that employee disputes be resolved in individual arbitration.

Insurers ask federal court to drop them from covering engineering firm in pedestrian bridge collapse

By Karen Kidd | Jul 10, 2018

MIAMI (Florida Record) — Two national insurance companies are hoping a federal court in Miami will rule that they don't have to cover or defend a Tallahassee engineering firm in litigation that followed a fatal pedestrian bridge collapse at a university near Miami in March.

Suit alleges children held in solitary confinement at county jail for months

By John Breslin | Jul 10, 2018

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla -- A class action suit has been filed challenging the keeping of children charged as adults, but not yet convicted, in solitary confinement.

Florida and Georgia await special master's decision regarding water rights to the Chatahoochee River

By Carrie Bradon | Jul 10, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Following a 30-year dispute between the states of Florida and Georgia over whether or not Georgia should have to cap its consumption of water from the Chattahoochee River, Florida is getting another chance at reclaiming its rights to the water.

Appeals panel remands auto negligence case for new trial, agrees trial court erred in seating biased juror

By Angela Underwood | Jul 9, 2018

WEST PALM BEACH – A panel of judges for Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal recently agreed that a Broward County court erred in denying a challenge for cause to a prospective juror.

Judge denies Miami-Dade County motion to dismiss suit alleging drainage system lowered water level of boat basin

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jul 9, 2018

MIAMI – a judge in the U,S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, recently denied a motion by Miami-Dade County to dismiss a land-use dispute case by 3630 Investment Corp.

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